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Off-Topic Post: October Concerts

I see a lot of live music. Here are some October highlights! 

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers. 10.3.18 @ Ace of Cups:


Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Lorkin O’Reilly. 10.13.18 @ Ace of Cups:

Lorkin O’Reilly

Gruff Rhys. 10.13.18 @ Ace of Cups:

Gruff Rhys

Betsy Ross. 10.23.18 @ A&R Music Bar:

Betsy Ross

Thelma and the Sleaze. 10.23.18 @ A&R Music Bar:

Thelma and the Sleaze

Thelma and the Sleaze. The Chef and I with LG (and a photobomber).

Thunderpussy. 10.23.18 @ A&R Music Bar:

Thunderpussy

The photos are pretty bad, but the music was awesome.

[Book Nerd Links] Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Punk/No-Wave, and Book Illustrations

What Are You Reading in January?

I’ve been busy this month, but not too busy to get my reading year off to a fairly fine start. This is typical of my reading habits, though. January is always one of my best bookish months.

This is what I’ve been up to in January, reading-wise.

Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise, circa 1930

BOOKS I’VE FINISHED:

  • OUTSIDE THE LINES: LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF PUNK AND NEW WAVE’S MOST ICONIC ALBUMS BY MATTEO TORCINOVICH
  • JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ENDURING STAR BY PETER COWIE
  • LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
  • THE MYSTERY OF EVERETT RUESS BY W.L. RUSHO
  • LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
  • THE MGM STORY: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FIFTY ROARING YEARS BY JOHN DOUGLAS EAMES

BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:

  • JUBILEE HITCHHIKER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN BY WILLIAM HJORTSBERG
  • THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED: THE LIFE, TIMES, AND LEGACY OF JOE HILL, AMERICAN LABOR ICON BY WILLIAM M. ADLER

What are you reading this month? Please share in the comments!

11 Books I Enjoyed in 2017

I enjoyed most of the books I read in 2017, but here are 11 that, for different reasons, caught my fancy.

In no particular order, they are:

  1. SHAKESPEARE: THE WORLD AS STAGE BY BILL BRYSON
  2. SINATRA: HOLLYWOOD HIS WAY BY TIMOTHY KNIGHT
  3. BEAUTIFUL BOREDOM: IDLENESS AND FEMININE SELF-REALIZATION IN THE VICTORIAN NOVEL BY LEE ANNA MAYNARD
  4. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE BY FRANCES AND JOSEPH GIES
  5. PAIN, PARTIES, WORK: SYLVIA PLATH IN NEW YORK, SUMMER 1953 BY ELIZABETH WINDER
  6. UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK BY JOHN DOE
  7. IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM: THE BRILLIANT AND BOLD LIFE OF MARGARET WISE BROWN BY AMY GARY
  8. GRETA GARBO: THE MYSTERY OF STYLE BY STEFANIA RICCI
  9. WHEN PARIS SIZZLED: THE 1920S PARIS OF HEMINGWAY, CHANEL, COCTEAU, COLE PORTER, JOSEPHINE BAKER, AND THEIR FRIENDS BY MARY MCAULIFFE
  10. SIRENS & SINNERS: A VISUAL HISTORY OF WEIMAR FILM 1918-1933 BY HANS HELMUT PRINZLER
  11. THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION: A LITERARY HISTORY OF THE BEATS BY ALLEN GINSBERG

What were your fave books of 2017? Please share with me in the comments.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

On 19th July, I saw Sarah Shook & the Disarmers at Ace of Cups. Country music isn’t my normal cup of tea, but Sarah Shook is one of the awe-inspiring exceptions.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

On the 25th, I finally watched one of my bucket list acts: Lydia Lunch. Then I met her and gave her a drink. Good times. Satisfying times.

Lydia Lunch @ Ace of Cups